Firm Foundations RomaniaIn 2005 Sarah Vienna and her colleague Steffi Vogel were asked to sing Christmas carols in the Brasov State Children’s Hospital. What they found were rooms full of babies and children without parents, wrapped in several layers of rags used for diapers, lying in cribs. Sarah and Steffi began to buy diapers with their own money and to visit the children on a daily basis.One diaper has turned into over 56,000 diapers annually, and the daily visits have turned into a global volunteer project. It is amazing that God used the simplicity of a diaper to start Firm Foundations Romania (FFR).
Firm Foundations Romania is a non profit organization whose mission is to transform the lives of disadvantaged Romanian children and families by providing physical and educational guidance and sharing the Gospel.
We want our association to be firm on the principles of Jesus Christ, and our foundation is the Holy Bible that quotes, “I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Our association is committed to helping the poor, abandoned, and helpless.
Firm Foundations Romania - What We Do
Our main projects include caring for the abandoned babies in the local Children’s Hospital and providing educational help and mentorship to children and teens from the Roma (Gypsy) community. Hospital Project: The hospital project exists to fill a void in the lives of children who are abandonedat the Brasov Children’s Hospital. Whether it is a child who is fully abandoned or one that is left in the institution without parents to receive care for a time, FFR’s objective is to be the loving hands that these children are missing. Volunteers provide love, touch, and play therapy for the children. FFR also supplies the hospital with diapers for these children, averaging around 56,000 diapers annually. Kid’s Club: Kid’s Club provides preschool-aged children between the ages of 3 to 6 with a program that will enhance their probability of success when entering primary school. After School Program: The After School Program is an educational program for children aged 7-18 years old, with the main goals of assisting the children with their homework, encouraging them to stay in school, teaching lessons on hygiene and manners, and also sharing about God’s love and hope. High School Mentoring Program: After School Program The After School Program is an educational program for children aged 7-18 years old, with the main goals of assisting the children with their homework, encouraging them to stay in school, teaching lessons on hygiene and manners, and also sharing about God’s love and hope. The program, which has been running since 2014, currently has 115 children. Each child attends the program two times per week, and in addition to education and love, receives needed clothes, shoes, and school supplies. High School Mentoring Program The High School Mentoring Program supports teenagers from the Roma village of Budila to become productive, self-sufficient individuals who contribute to society by successfully attending and graduating high school or trade school, while being spiritually and emotionally led by Christian mentors.